In the United States, 3 percent of the population is immune compromised. This puts individuals at risk for colds, flu, and various infections.
Are you someone who has a weak immune system? Luckily, there are natural ways to boost your weak immune system.
It would be best if you considered acupuncture for the immune system. Continue reading to find out how acupuncture can help your body.
What is Acupuncture Therapy?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice. This ancient technique focuses on balancing energy flows in the body. They would insert needles into specific parts of the body to heal energy.
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture is now used in Western societies. The technique targets nerves, muscles, and connective tissue with needles. Practitioners believe that stimulating these areas acts as a natural pain killer.
There are a variety of areas in which acupuncture assists in treatment. Some common things acupuncture treats are:
- Menstrual cramps
- Respiratory disorders
- Weak immune system
What Should You Expect at an Acupuncture Appointment?
On average acupuncture treatments last 20 to 30 minutes. Typically, the acupuncturist will dim the lights. They want to make sure you are comfortable so you can relax.
During the treatment, the acupuncturist will insert needles to treat the affected area. Don’t worry about the needles they are designed with comfort in mind.
The needles used for acupuncture are solid and thin. They are also made of stainless steel which helps with sanitation.
How does Acupuncture Treatment Improve Immune System?
In western medicine, the target of acupuncture is to stimulate the body. The acupuncture needles interact with the nerves and tissues in the body.
The stimulation causes a rise in interferon levels in the body. Why is interferon important? Well, it acts as a messenger for your immune system’s hormones.
Acupuncture will relieve your symptoms but will not cure you. It will also help speed up your recovery process.
Where are the Acupuncture Immunity Points?
There are six primary acupuncture immunity points on your body. Here are the locations on your body:
- Kidney (KI) 27
- Lung (LU) 7
- Large Intestine (LI) 11
- Ren (CV) 17 and Ren (CV) 6
- Large Intestine (LI) 4
- Stomach (ST) 36
Tips for Your Acupuncture Appointment
When scheduling your acupuncture appointment try having downtime before and after. This will help reduce your stress and make the most of your appointment.
Before your appointment, make sure you eat because you might get faint. Traditional acupuncture emphasizes feeding your body nutritious foods. Nutrient dense food is also good for your immune system.
You should also not consume caffeine before your appointment. Caffeine triggers the fight or flight response in your body.
Lastly, try wearing loose-fitting clothes to your appointment. It will provide ease at the appointment.
Learn More About Acupuncture for Immune System
We hope you enjoyed learning about acupuncture for the immune system. Acupuncture improves immunity in a natural and pain-free way.
If you want to schedule an appointment for acupuncture, contact us. We have years of experience improving people’s health. You can start your acupuncture journey today.
Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.